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Palestinian PM calls on Britain to recognize sovereign Palestinian state

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has called on Britain to implement its parliament’s recognition of the Palestinian state on the ground.

According to Press TV, Shtayyeh said in a statement on Tuesday after meeting with a British parliamentary delegation in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah British move “will be so important in light of Zionist regime’s intention to annex parts of the West Bank.”

He also urged Britain to send a technical team to Palestine to investigate the Israeli deduction of Palestinian tax revenue dues.

Back in October 2014, the British Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor of the government recognizing Palestine as a state.

The ayes had it when 274 MPs voted to adopt the non-binding motion and only 12 voted against it.

The original motion stipulated that “this House believes that the government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside … Israel.”

Then Labour Party Legislator Grahame Morris said recognizing a Palestinian state could help break the impasse in peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Tel Aviv regime before it was too late.

Conservative Lawmaker Nicholas Soames also said that “to recognize Palestine is both morally right and is in our national interest.”

Britain does not designate Palestine as a state, but asserts it could do so at any time if it believed it would help the long-stalled talks about peace process between the Palestinians and Zionist regime.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Zionist regime’s continued settlement expansion on Palestinian territories.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.

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